Tomlinson Funeral Business Called Conflict

Tomlinson Funeral Business Called Conflict By Leo Knepper In early January, we noted the conflict of interest between Senator Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson’s (R-6) role in the legislature and professional life as a funeral director: “These two careers shouldn’t interfere with each other, but Sen. Tomlinson’s role as chairman of the Senate of Consumer Protection and … Continue reading “Tomlinson Funeral Business Called Conflict”

Funeral Bill Called Conflict For Tomlinson

Funeral Bill Called Conflict For Tomlinson By Leo Knepper In Harrisburg, most people know Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson as a state senator from Bucks County, serving his fifth four-year term representing the 6th District. A career politician, he also represented the people of the 18th House District from 1991-94. But most people back home in his … Continue reading “Funeral Bill Called Conflict For Tomlinson”

GOP Sweeps Special Elections In Pa

GOP Sweeps Special Elections In Pa — Republicans, yesterday, March 17, won all three special elections for vacated State House seats leaving them with a 110-93 majority in that chamber. All seats had been held by Republicans. Kathleen C. Tomlinson beat union plumber Harold Hays by 10 points (unoffically) in the 18th District. It had … Continue reading “GOP Sweeps Special Elections In Pa”

Pennsylvania Republicans Twist Thumbscrews On Taxpayers

Pennsylvania Republicans Twist Thumbscrews On Taxpayers — The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania State Senate voted today to pass a tax increase that will see heating, air conditioning and use of communications become more expensive. The vote was 26-24. Fourteen of the 34 Republicans in the 50 member body voted yes. The guilty ones were: Sen. Pat Browne … Continue reading “Pennsylvania Republicans Twist Thumbscrews On Taxpayers”

Paycheck Protection Advances In Pa.

Paycheck Protection Advances In Pa. — Paycheck protection, which is a bill that would ban the automatic deduction of political donations from members of public employees unions in Pennsylvania, is going to the full floor of the State House. The bill was reported from the House State Government Committee, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 16-9 with on … Continue reading “Paycheck Protection Advances In Pa.”

Paycheck Protection Vote Looms In Pa

The Pennsylvania Senate, today, Oct. 13, amended SB 501, also known as Mary’s Law which would prevent money being deducted from public employees paychecks for political purposes. The law grandfathers in existing contracts but prevents deductions from being included in future ones. The vote sets up final passage which could be as early as tomorrow, … Continue reading “Paycheck Protection Vote Looms In Pa”

Wagner Blasts Republicans Over Mary’s Law Failure

Sen. Scott Wagner (R-28) sent this email blast out March 3 concerning the failure to pass Mary’s Law i.e. SB 501 on March 2.  And it was a blast as he called out the five southeast Republican Senators voted no to the amendment — Sens. John Rafferty of Montgomery County, Stewart Greenleaf of Montgomery County, Tom … Continue reading “Wagner Blasts Republicans Over Mary’s Law Failure”

Unions Fund GOP State Senators

Pennsylvania Independent  reports that state senators Pat Browne (R-16), John Rafferty (R-44) and Tommy Tomlinson (R-6) received a massive union cash dump shortly before yesterday’s (Nov. 4) election with Browne getting $37,000 from 10 groups including $10,000 from the PSEA (public school teachers) and  $500 from 1776 PAC UFCW (state stores); Rafferty getting $7,000 broken … Continue reading “Unions Fund GOP State Senators”

Paycheck Protection Amendment Defeated

An amendment to a school emergency allergy bill, (HB 803) instituting “paycheck protection” was defeated 28-20, yesterday, Oct. 15. All Democrats voted nay excepted for LeAnna Washington who didn’t vote. They were joined by Republicans Pat Browne, Stewart Greenleaf, Bob Mensch, John Rafferty,  Tommy Tomlinson and Eric Erickson. Erickson represents the 26th District in Delaware … Continue reading “Paycheck Protection Amendment Defeated”

Why Did Pa. Senate Strip Computers From Gaming Money?

Why Did Pa. Senate Strip Computers From Gaming Money?   By Bob Guzzardi The Pennsylvania Senate, June 28, stripped from the $62.823 million appropriations bill  for the state Gaming Control Board an amendment that would have allocated $1.5 million for a computer system for investigation and enforcement purposes. The Vereb Amendment would effectively transfer investigation … Continue reading “Why Did Pa. Senate Strip Computers From Gaming Money?”